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Polanski moved to house arrest.

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GSTAAD (Switzerland) Eoe1/4" Film director Roman Polanski yesterday took refuge at his snowbound Swiss chalet after being granted bail under house arrest, while he fights extradition to the United States on a child sex case.

Two limousines with dark tinted windows swept into the chaletEoe1/4aos basement garage in the western ski resort of Gstaad, just before the Swiss Justice Ministry confirmed that the 76- year-old Oscar winning director had been released.

Shutters were open at the chalet which was bedecked with Christmas lights, while several people, including a woman and a child, were seen there.

Sources said PolanskiEoe1/4aos actress wife Emmanuelle Seigner and their two children Morgane and Elvis, were waiting to welcome him at the home in the quiet millionaireEoe1/4aos winter playground where regulars include former James Bond actor Roger Moore, French rocker Johnny Hallyday, and Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Private security guards kept watch as television crews and photographers laid siege outside on an icy lane on the edge of Gstaad, nestled on the slope of a mountain valley.

Eoe1/4EoPolanski and his family say that itEoe1/4aos no use waiting, he wonEoe1/4aot come out anyway,Eoe1/4A[yen] one of the guards told waiting media. Police officers, who were posted outside a couple of hours earlier, withdrew after PolanskiEoe1/4aos arrival.

Extradition to US

A Swiss court granted Polanski bail of 4.5 million Swiss francs ($4.5 million) last week, on condition that he surrenders his passport and wears an electronic bracelet to stop him fleeing.

Eoe1/4EoRoman Polanski was today released from custody pending extradition and transferred to Gstaad, where he is under house arrest at his chalet,Eoe1/4A[yen] the Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. Eoe1/4EoPolanski has undertaken not to leave his house and property at any time.

The French-Polish film director has been hunted by the United States ever since he fled in 1978 after admitting unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The maker of Eoe1/4Y[pounds sterling]RosemaryEoe1/4aos BabyEoe1/4ao, Eoe1/4Y[pounds sterling]ChinatownEoe1/4ao and other classics was detained on September 26 as he arrived in Switzerland to collect an award for his career at the Zurich film festival. After weeks in jail cells, he will be able to enjoy the picturesque grounds of the 1,800 square metre (19,400 square foot) property, and officials have said he would be allowed to receive any visitors he wants. But he was warned that he will forfeit his bail if he ventures any further, while Interpol has placed countries on alert in case he tries to flee Switzerland. Eoe1/4EoHis house has also been fitted with an electronic monitoring system that is now active,Eoe1/4A[yen] the justice office said.

Eoe1/4EoThe permanent electronic tagging technology will trigger an alarm if Polanski leaves the house or removes the tagging bracelet,Eoe1/4A[yen] it added.

Gstaad is a 67-km drive from the closest French border post. Polanski has taken advantage of his French nationality over the years to avoid extradition.

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